PATTAYA – September 13, 2012 [PDN]; the arrest of a thief for snatching a gold necklace was announced by Pol. Col. Supphathee Boonkrong, Deputy Commander, Chonburi province; Pol. Col. Thammanoon Munkong, Superintendent, Pattaya police station; Pol. Col. Kovit Sawatmongkol, Inspector, Pattaya police station; with a police team and the injured volunteer police officer aiding in the capture.
The suspect was pointed out to the police by the victim, Mr. Jatuphol Krataiwongjan, age 27. Mr. Jatuphol’s gold necklace had been yanked off his neck by two passing men on a motorbike while he was sitting in a Songthaew on Na Kleu Road. The necklace was 2 saleung weight with a Buddha image. The theft occurred near Kiti Car Care, Pattaya Na Kleu road, Moo 5 Tambon Na Kleu, AmphurBanglamung, Chonburi province.
One suspect was arrested after a high-speed chase by police. The police pursuit began at 8:30 p.m., when a report was received by Pol. Maj. Kovit Sawatmongkol at the Pattaya police station that two thieves on a motorbike had pulled the gold necklace of a man sitting in Songthaew in North Pattaya.
The police major then coordinated with the police team and volunteer police to arrest the thieves, who had fled along Sukhumvit Road. The police caught up to the thieves and chased them through many Sois, until the suspects arrived at the front of a gas pump on Sukhumvit road in central Pattaya at the entrance to Sattahip.
The thieves’ motorbike then collided with the motorbike of a volunteer policeman chasing them, Mr. Seeharat Rattanavijitage, age 34. The impact injured Mr. Seeharat in his lower right arm. The two thieves then abandoned the motorbike and fled into Soi Sukhumvit Pattaya 55.
The police and volunteer police caught one suspect, Mr. Aekkalak Chamchoi or Aek, age 21, at address 157 Moo 10 Tambon NongPreu, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province. Police noted his body was covered with tattoos.
The other suspect escaped police, after taking off his shirt in the forest behind the golf field and running away. Police seized their motorbike, a black Honda Wave 125, license number JOR THOR LOR-461 Chonburi.
After his arrest, Mr. Aekkalak confessed that it was his passenger on the motorbike, “Mr. Bank,” who had actually pulled the gold necklace of the victim while Mr. Aekkalak was driving the motorbike.
Mr. Aekkalak also confessed that he had previously been arrested and convicted in 2009 for pulling the necklace of the tourist in Na Kleu. He spent three years in Rayon prison for that crime, and was recently released on Mother’s Day, August 12, 2012.
However, after getting out from jail, Mr. Aekkalak didn’t have a job and had no money. He also needed money to buy a dress uniform for his girlfriend who is a student. So he persuaded Mr. Bank, whom he had befriended in jail and who was also just released from jail, to join him in committing snatch-and-ride crimes on a motorbike.
The ex-convicts decided to target both Thai and foreign tourists wearing gold necklaces or carrying handbags. They intended to sell the stolen gold jewelry for living expenses, and to buy ganja and amphetamines to consume.
Mr. Aekkalak admitted that he had already committed two snatch-and-ride crimes earlier that day until he was arrested by the police.
Pol. Col. Supphathee Boonkrong praised the work of the police and the volunteer police for arresting the criminal and protecting citizens against low-life thieves.
He also commanded the police to follow up to arrest “Mr. Bank,” the other thief that escaped, to prosecute according to the law as soon as possible.